A First Look at the New Bourne Flick

Matt Damon returns in this high-octane action thriller.

By Tony Antunovich @tonyantunovich

Universal Pictures aren't wasting any time in teasing fans with a short glimpse of the brand new action flick, Jason Bourne, starring Bourne series regular, Matt Damon. Watch the 30-second teaser trailer above.

In the film, Damon reprises his role as the most dangerous ex-CIA agent, Jason Bourne.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the 45-year old actor discussed what it took to get him to return to his role as the iconic character after an eight-year absence:

"First and foremost, we needed a good story to tell (laughs). Everyone involved at the studio level really wanted it to happen, but none of us wanted to force it. And so (The Bourne Ultimatum director) Paul (Greengrass) and I, if there was any strategy we could hit upon, it was to wait to see how the world change, or to see if anything presented itself organically. Mainly, we just didn’t want to mess it up. We were really happy with the three films and if we were going to do another one, we wanted it to fit in with the three films in terms of quality."

He went on to describe where Bourne as a character fits into the film's plot, stating "We talked a lot about what state he should be in, and where we came to was that if you found him fat and happy and content, you don’t really have a movie. So we talked about how at the end of Bourne Ultimatum, he gets his memory back and it kind of completed that identity journey for him. But does that complete things for the character or not? And the conclusion we came to is no - we find him in a very dark and tortured place. He’s living with the same things as he was before, and then he goes to find Julia Stiles’ character, who basically says, 'Just because you remember everything, doesn’t mean you know everything.' So you find him in a place that’s dark and unresolved."

Jason Bourne also sees the return of Julia Stiles as Nicky, along with new faces Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, and Vincent Cassel.

The film -- shot in several locations around the world including Las Vegas, Washington D.C., and London -- is directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum), written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse, and produced by Frank Marshall, Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith.

Jason Bourne lands in theaters this summer on July 29.

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